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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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Protecting Biodiversity: the Key Role of Indigenous Communities

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Worldwide, an estimated 400 to 500 million Indigenous people occupy 20% of the earth’s territory. Yet unsustainable development has caused not only the displacement of countless people, but also the destruction of much of the biodiversity on which they - and the world - depend. With Indigenous people playing a crucial role in the protection of the environment, AFD and its partners are continuing to support them, particularly in the Amazon.
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Ecuador Prepares the Path to Decarbonization

Ecuador has begun work on a series of reforms aimed at decarbonizing its economy, and the country as a whole. With technical support from AFD, it is carrying out extensive cost-benefit analyses to determine the long-term ramifications of its national plan, which will set the South American country on a course to significantly reduce its carbon emissions. An expert in modelling scenarios shares his thoughts of Ecuador’s plan.
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Bioeconomy: Protecting Biodiversity for an “Economy for Life”

Increasingly, governments, the private sector, civil society and international cooperation are investing in the bioeconomy – a range of economic activities that tap into our biodiversity. It’s an alternative and more sustainable route to development, more in tune with the fight against deforestation, desertification and ecosystem degradation. During this week’s COP15 conference on desertification, which concludes on May 20 in Abidjan, AFD Group celebrates the first anniversary of its bioeconomy technical assistance project on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The project in Ecuador has just received an additional €1 million. We interview the Technical Assistance Coordinator there, Pablo Larco.
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Protected Areas: Nurturing Biodiversity for Present and Future Generations

Yasuni national park, Ecuador
Tree loss and wildfires in Latin America have become so extreme that the Amazon is contributing to carbon emissions, rather than absorbing them, according to a July report in the journal Nature. AFD is supporting efforts to combat deforestation and make the transition towards sustainable development models, such as in Ecuador, where protected areas help preserve the wealth of biodiversity. Edison Gabriel Mejía Valenzuela, Director of Yasuní National Park, tells us more.
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